ERIC Number: ED217325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Puberty on Adolescents: A Longitudinal Study.
Blyth, Dale A.; And Others
Although adolescence is generally recognized as a period of dramatic change, the issue of whether it is also a time of stress and disturbance is still controversial. To examine the impact of pubertal development on adolescents, data were used from a 5-year longitudinal study of white males and females. A variety of self-concept, behavioral, value, and attitudinal measures indicated that for a substantial number of those dimensions, pubertal development had no effect. Early physical development was a mixed blessing for girls in terms of opposite sex popularity and greater independence but a disadvantage in terms of dissatisfaction with their body image, lower academic success, and problem behavior. For males, early development was more of an advantage linked to higher self-esteem and a more stable self-image. The findings are generally consistent with the results from other research. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).